Political maps, physical maps and topographic maps are types of world maps. Political maps highlight the political subdivisions in different regions around the world. They can be general or specialized. General political maps emphasize regions of global importance, while specialized political maps represent specific worldwide political events.
Physical maps are designed to show complex landscape features such as rivers, forests and mountains. Colors are used to depict different elevations, gradients and bodies of water. Topographic maps provide detailed graphical images using contour lines to differentiate various landscape features. They show both man-made and natural formations such as railways, airports, valleys and rivers.